My five year old computer's hard drive recently died. So, I am getting ready to buy a new one, and I figured I would try to build it myself. I have never built a computer, and I was hoping for some advice from people more knowledgeable. This build is just based off of my research for the past few days (even though I still don't feel like I know what I'm doing). I could be completely wrong. Any help is appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks
Budget Range: Around $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Photoshop, Web Development, Web Surfing, Videos
Are you buying a monitor: Yes (2)
Do you need to buy OS: No, I will be using Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
The motherboard is overpriced. You'll get similar features out of the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. You'll also want to change the PSU. Crossfiring 2 7970s will require a 750w PSU. You'll want to make sure it's 80+ certified. Don't cheap out on this part.
If I decide to Crossfire 2 7970s, will I need to add extra cooling or anything besides just the better power supply?
No, all you need is a better power supply. If you want, you could throw in a couple extra case fans to help cool down your case. This is completely up to you; although, it really isn't needed. Your case should come with an adequate amount of fans already.
on papers they seems to be the same on performance , but me and my friend as working on hardware , we tested both the xfx was gaining 3 or 4 fps more and it was quieter than the gigabyte one , but the gigabyte was running cooler. so you are the one that will see if you can pay more $20 for these + or not , have a nice day and hope to be helped.
I'd recommend just staying with the Gigabyte. It already offers plenty of performance anyways. Personally, I'd rather have the extra cooling over a 3-4 fps gain. Besides, if you really need the extra performance, the Gigabyte has huge overclocking potential.